NHL Injury: Travis Konecny on IR, Cole Perfetti out 8 weeks, and more

The Philadelphia Flyers placed leading scorer Travis Konecny on injured reserve Saturday and recalled fellow forward Elliot Desnoyers from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League.

Konecny has sat out the Flyers’ last two games due to an upper-body injury he sustained in Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. He collected a goal and an assist before exiting the contest in the second period after being shoved into the boards from behind by Calgary defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.

Travis Konecny on IR

Konecny, 25, sports team-leading totals in goals (27) and points (54) this season. His goal total serves as a career high.

Konecny has 325 points (137 goals, 188 assists) in 480 career games since being selected by the Flyers with the 24th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Desnoyers, 21, would be in line to make his NHL debut should he play in Saturday’s road game against the New Jersey Devils. He has 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 48 games this season with the Phantoms.

Cole Perfetti out 8 weeks

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Jan 18, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek (41) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets center Cole Perfetti (91) during the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets forward Cole Perfetti is expected to be sidelined at least eight weeks due to an upper-body injury, coach Rick Bowness announced Friday.

Perfetti, 21, sustained the injury in the Jets’ 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. He was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Per Bowness, Perfetti’s injury is not related to the one he sustained to his shoulder that caused him to miss time last season.

“That was probably in the New Jersey game,” Jets coach Rick Bowness said Friday. “I don’t know the exact moment. He might have gotten hit and it was a buildup.”


Perfetti has totaled 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) in 51 games this season.

He has 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 69 career games since being selected by the Jets with the 10th overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft.

Spencer Knight on leave

Florida Panthers goaltender Spencer Knight has been placed in the NHL/NHL Players’ Association player assistance program, the league said in a statement Friday.

No reason was given for Knight’s placement in the program, with the third-year player demoted to Charlotte of the AHL on Thursday. Knight, 21, will be unavailable to the Panthers “for an indefinite period,” according to the NHL.

Knight is 9-8-3 in 21 games (19 starts) this season with a .901 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average. In 57 career games for the Panthers (49 starts) he has a .906 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against average.

According to the specifics of the program, Knight will be paid while on leave and will not return until program administrators clear him to do so.

Marcus Johansson out

Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson has been ruled out of Saturday’s matinee against the visiting New York Rangers due to a non-COVID illness.

Saturday’s game will be the first that Johansson has missed this season.

Johansson’s 13 goals this season rank only behind star captain Alex Ovechkin (32) for the team lead. The 32-year-old Swede also has 15 assists.

Johansson has totaled 435 points (157 goals, 278 assists) in 813 career games with the Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and Seattle Kraken.

–Field Level Media